Venter set for National series opener on the Apple Isle
Sydney’s Jonathan Venter has confirmed his entry into the opening round of the 2013 Australian Formula Ford Championship which will form part of the second round of the V8 Supercar Championship series this weekend at Symmons Plains in Tasmania.
Venter claimed the renowned Victorian State Formula Ford Championship last year in a close battle that came down to the result of the last races in the series, and this in conjunction with selected National events throughout last year has Jonathan confident that he is in a good position leading into this weekend.
“The first race of the season is always one of the best as it shows you who you are up against for the rest of the year and how you compare to them,” said Venter.
With its varied layout, Symmons Plains is a track that requires a lot of commitment and is something that Jonathan has firm in his mind. “Symmons Plains is not one of the longest and most difficult tracks but with the long straights and sharp hairpin, it makes for some good racing and passing,” added Venter.
While his State series rival Anton De Pasquale joins the National series full-time this year, there are many others that Jonathan is keeping his eye on leading into the event. “With some new drivers in the series this year it will be good to see how competitive the field has become and hopefully we will be able to stay at the pointy end and be amongst the challengers for the podium,” stated Venter.
Remaining with Sydney based Formula Ford outfit Anglo Motorsport, the 17 year-old is looking to consolidate on his strong performances both in Victoria, and at the Bathurst 12 Hour in February which saw him take two race victories from three races in Formula Ford. “I will again be racing the same car (Mygale SJ10A) as the other years, despite its age, it still has plenty of pace and potential left which is all we need to keep improving.
“As always I am very eager to go racing and hopefully the weather plays along to make it a bit more fun,” Venter concluded.
Round 1 of the Australian Formula Ford Championship will support the Tasmania Microsoft Office 365, round two of the V8 Supercar Championship Series from Symmons Plains, Tasmania on 5-7 April.